domingo, 6 de enero de 2013

SARK-110: new firmware release 0.7.2

A new release of the SARK-110 firmware and the PC Simulation is available in the Firmware and PC Simulation areas. The changes are described in the Release Notes document.

One important consideration is that from now on, there will be two firmware variants in each release: one limited to 200 Mhz and the other working up to 230 MHz. The reason for this is because migrating to the 230 MHz version requires performing the full calibration process of the unit, therefore it is delivered the 200 MHz variant to upgrade the unit to the new version without the calibration. The firmware files are the following:
 
Firmware
Description
SARK110-VAA-APP-0.7.2.dfu
Frequency range: 230 MHz.
It is required performing Detector Calibration and OSL calibration when upgrading to this release from versions v0.7.2.a, v0.7.0 or v0.6.5.  Do not upgrade to this version if you don’t have the proper calibration loads
SARK110-VAA-APP0.7.2a.dfu
Frequency range: 200 MHz.
No calibration needed when upgrading from versions V0.7.0 or v0.6.5

The implemented changes in this release are improvements in the look and feel of the user interface and the addition of the "Field Mode", intended for field operation, see below some examples:
 
Field Mode:


Improved menus:
More visible trace in Smith Chart mode: